$420.00 USD

Refund Policy:

I understand NYC Violin Studio does not offer refunds, and that group classes are not transferrable into private lessons, or refundable, after the first class has been held.

All credits from this class expire at the end of the semester. In other words, if you miss any classes during this semester, they do not roll over into another semester. 

Health Risk:

By purchasing this semester, I agree to waive any liability to NYC Violin Studio LLC and its owner, teachers or students for direct or indirect exposure to COVID-19 or its variants, as well as any other health risk associated with attending classes. NYC Violin Studio LLC will take all precautions to protect its staff and students, but it is ultimately up to you to protect your health and the health of your peers. Attend in-person classes at your own risk and help keep your fellow students and teachers safe by staying home when you are sick.

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Spring Semester Group Classes 8 pack

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Please note that this package is only good for one semester. All 8 class credits will expire on June 19th, whether or not you have attended 8 times. No exchanges into private lessons or refunds are permitted after the 2nd class has been attended. 

Once you sign up, you’ll receive two emails. The first email will welcome you and send you a link to the Orientation page where you’ll find everything you need to get ready for class, including a coupon code for super discounted additional in-person classes. It will also include a link to the private WhatsApp chat with your fellow classmates.

The second email will be a confirmation email with the dates of your scheduled classes, including the option to add them to your own calendar. Be sure to save this email as it’ll be important if you need to cancel any classes and schedule an online make-up class for that day (preferable) or for that week so you don't fall behind.

This package comes with 2 free in-person make-up classes, which may be scheduled after the enrollment period has ended. If in-person seats are available, they'll appear on the calendar for you to schedule.

This package also comes with a free 60-day subscription to the Song Library, which contains over 40 fully arranged songs and pieces for solo and ensemble playing. After the semester ends, the complimentary subscription will end. You can sign up for it on your own if you'd like to continue access.

This package also includes a free subscription to the Group Class Homework & Archives, which is an incredible resource whether you are attending classes online or in-person. Each week your homework will be laid out for you, with specifics points and sections to practice, as well as links to practice videos and other tools you will need to become expert at your new song or skill. 

 

What Students Are Saying:

As a group, you’re more accountable when you’re with other people. So when you’re practicing you’re like, 'I don’t want to be the person in the group who’s not at the same level as everyone else.' And it’s nice. It’s not even in a competitive way. It just keeps you honest, making sure that you’re doing your part because as we’re progressing through the semester, you can see people are getting better, and you just don’t want to be the one who’s the straggler, or the one who’s not pulling their weight. So I enjoy that aspect of the group classes because it really keeps you on track in that way. And you know, we share our challenges. You realize what you’re struggling with is not unique to you. The entire group is going through the same thing. At the end of the semester you know where you started, and where you ended. You can definitely see that change and that development, which is the most important thing anyway. I think that’s the end goal of music, right? Is to play as a group, I think. Like ultimately you want to be able to play as a group. Forget about all the excuses. They’ll always be there. - James

"That’s the end goal of music, right? To play as a group!"

This question of 'I’ll wait'? 'Wait for what?' You know? We don’t know when these things are gonna be over. And so, from someone who teaches, you just got to transfer [to online learning]. It’s one of these things…you can wait [to start], but you don’t know how long you’re gonna be waiting. As an artist, you’re always trying to find people to connect with. And now, because of the positive and beautiful things of the internet, and all these things, are what we’re talking about. If you look at it like that and use it to your advantage, you can really improve in things. I don’t feel like education is ever time wasted, whether it’s through the computer or in-person. - Gabi

'I’ll wait'....'Wait for what?'

I’ve found the group classes very motivating on a couple levels. First of all, I like the social aspect and I feel like I really got the know the other classmates a lot better in this strange interaction, getting beyond the 'I’m afraid to play in front of other people.' Everybody is doing it, so we all just take our own stab at it. I get more motivation knowing I have to play in front of other people, besides just making up excuses for one teacher. Did I have any fears when I was about to start violin again? Oh, I was mortified. I played in my youth and then I didn’t play for 40 years. When I picked up my violin (I brought it to a luthier to get it re-adjusted and everything) I was too embarrassed to even test it out in front of him. When I found what Antoinette offered, I thought, 'Well, let me do group [classes] because it just sounds more fun [than private lessons]. I think there is a world of difference in between not playing and playing professionally. And we do have so much available to us to enjoy and learn together. I feel better having done it! - Hillary

"I like the social aspect, I get more motivation"

I think, me personally, in my view of music, for both the listener and the player, it’s a way to express yourself. And I think it’s very cool in times like this, to pick up something and learn something new like that, especially music. So, I mean I wouldn’t wait, personally. Just go for it. I would say it’s certainly challenging. I would be lying if I said it wasn’t challenging, but that goes whether you’re in group classes or in one-on-one lessons. Violin is challenging. And I think to overcome that, actually group lessons might be something that makes it maybe easier. Because now you’re listening to yourself and others play with you. So is it hard in violin, in general? It’s challenging. Group class might make it actually easier. - Marc

"It’s a way to express yourself"

Ironically, when you’re having these group classes online, you’re forced to listen to yourself a lot more because of that. When I’m practicing by myself, I’m like, 'I’m gonna practice on getting the notes right, and then the timing will come after.' But in group class, you can’t exactly get away with that, but you’re also still forced to listen to yourself. So it adds that layer of understanding that you play individually, but even if you make a few mistakes in these measures, when it comes together it’s still that one large sound from the ensemble. Online classes have forced me to think about those layers more. I wanted to learn violin but I was too shy or embarrassed to listen to my own sound only, so having that 'mutual suffering' (in a good way) of that Absolute Beginner class and you’re just like, 'We ALL don’t know what we’re doing, and that’s ok.' And honestly with this class, even though it was in person at the time, it was the most comforting way of learning a new instrument for the first time. I can’t imagine that being any different with an online class at all. - Angie

"I wanted to learn violin but I was too shy or embarrassed"

I think it’s really intimidating to start the violin. I started in my 30’s and it’s the first time I ever picked up the instrument because I wanted to play it ever since I was a kid. It can get discouraging, but when you see that there’s other people. 'Hey there’s all these other crazy people who also think they can do this,' and you struggle together and then you make a sound. Even though I’m a little self-critical, it keeps you motivated. Nothing is magic, everything is practice. 'Is group class hard?' I’d say that’s a no! Is anything worthwhile not hard? I didn’t want to fail. I was thinking, 'I’m an adult. I’m too old for this. This is what children do. There’s a little kid straight out of the womb who’s way better than I am. Why would I do this? Am I just being ridiculous?' It was mostly my self-doubt. 'Why do I think I can do this? It’s the hardest instrument.' But you absolutely can. It opens a whole world of music. I listen to movie scores and I appreciate the work that went into that, how beautiful it sounds and how much I know they put in to make it sound like that. I love it and appreciate it. And the fact that I can even be in that little circle – someone called me a musician when I was carrying my case and I was like, 'I’m not – I just – no, no, no, you’re silly, I’m just an adult beginner.' And he’s like, 'No. Welcome. You’re a musician.' It made me feel so good and it’s just a great community to be a part of. So just do it! - Felicia

"It’s just a great community to be a part of"